Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Cornet responds to warning for changing shirt

Cornet responds to warning for changing shirt

"Of course, I was surprised when I just changed (the) T-shirt really quick, and he gave me the code violation", Cornet said at a news conference on Wednesday. We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward. "Fortunately, she was only assessed a warning with no further penalty or fine", read a statement from the USTA, which runs the US Open. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

Cornet changed during a break between the second and third sets but had to adjust her top on court after realising she had accidentally put it on incorrectly. When asked if she had ever changed on court before, she drew laughs from reporters for her hilarious response: "No, usually when I put my clothes on, I put them on the right way". An umpire named Christian Rask deemed the incident inappropriate and issued her a code violation. "Unsportsmanlike conduct. But the men change shirts on court".

Amongst those angered by the violation were tennis coach (and Andy's mum) Judy Murray as well as former player Casey Dellacqua.

"For sure, the women are treated a little bit differently", admitted Cornet, who ended up losing her first-round match to Sweden's Johanna Larsson.

US Open organisers have expressed regret at the warning given to Alize Cornet for changing her top on court at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday. "Alize did nothing wrong". She quickly changed it on court.

The WTA, the worldwide organising body for women's tennis, said the decision to issue a code violation was not based on a WTA rule.

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American tennis player and Olympic gold medalist Bethanie Mattek-Sands also chimed in: "That's weak!" As pointed out by The Spun, in a recent match Novak Djokovic spent several minutes bare-chested before putting a shit back on.

And Jane-Elise Cherry added: 'So, hold on. To help stave off heat exhaustion, the tournament employs a 10-minute break after the second set for women and the third set for men.

Cornet would go on to lose the match.

The incident comes close on the heels of Serena Williams being banned from wearing her black costume by the French Open.

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